2005 AIA Minnesota Award Winner
The vernacular language used to create the Windsong Farm Clubhouse is inspired by the rolling hills and existing historic barn buildings located on the grounds of this former horse farm. Open only during the summer season, the Windsong Farm Golf Club was created to provide a casual, family-oriented retreat catering to the serious golfer.
The seasonal nature of the facility, in combination with the desire to integrate harmoniously with the existing environment, led to the division of the program into a campus of three small buildings: pro-shop, lockers and dining. The zoning not only accommodates a functional breakdown of the program that addresses staffing and scheduling needs, it heightens the experience of the natural setting by reaching out to the rolling topography. Outdoor lawns delineated by dry-stack stone walls extend the programmatic boundaries beyond the interior space, creating gathering areas between the structures that create a pleasing counterpoint to the surrounding vistas.
The use of materials further articulates the concept of programmatic separation. A hierarchy of cladding and finish materials was developed based upon a quality or cost appropriate to the functional or symbolic importance of the structure. Each building exterior is clad with a predominant expressive material or technique that reinterprets the existing farm vernacular.
General Contractor: Gunderson Construction, Inc.
Landscape Design: Osland & Associates
Golfcourse: Tom Lehman & John Fought